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Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 10:00 am

On Sept. 29, you are invited to explore the next big thing at the University of Waterloo - the new Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. This state-of-the-art facility at the heart of campus is home to the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology - two world-class institutes at the frontier of research and innovation. During the day-long Community Open House, you can tour the cutting-edge laboratories, meet the scientists and learn about the incredible quantum devices and nanotechnologies being pioneered in Waterloo. A series of public lectures by renowned guest speakers will explore the joys and wonders of science, and an interactive Discovery Zone will feature hands-on demos for explorers of all ages, from budding Einsteins to the merely quantum-curious.

Picture of the IQC Science Show in Progress

Public Lectures

Throughout the Open House, renowned guest speakers will deliver fascinating and accessible talks about the wonders of science.

11 a.m.

Jay Ingram, one of the best-known and respected science journalists in Canada, will deliver a retrospective talk about his fascinating career, from his early years hosting CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks to his long tenure as host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. 

Headshot of Jay Ingram

12:30 p.m.

Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, will explore everything you — and your canine best friend — need to know about entanglement, superposition and other wonders of quantum science. 

Chad Orzel Headshot

2 p.m.

Robert J. Sawyer, multi-award-winning author of 21 science fiction novels, will explain how he weaves real, cutting-edge science — such as the quantum computing research happening in Waterloo — into compelling fictional tales. 

Robert J. Sawyer Headshot

Admission to the lectures is free, but advance registration is highly recommended due to limited space.

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4 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Bridging Worlds

A panel of world-leading experts will explore how quantum science “bridges worlds” — the worlds of macro and micro, of our intuition and our experience, of present-day reality and future possibilities.  Moderator Ivan Semeniuk, editor of Nature News, will lead a lively, wide-ranging discussion between Mike Lazaridis (Founder, Board Vice-Chair, Research In Motion) Raymond Laflamme (Executive Director, Institute for Quantum Computing), Tom Brzustowski (expert on Canadian innovation), and Chad Orzel (author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog).

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Self-guided Tours

Between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to explore the most scientifically sophisticated building at the University of Waterloo.  Along the way, visitors will explore the cutting-edge laboratories of the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and meet the scientists who are pioneering new technologies in the building. Video screens throughout the building will explain the cutting-edge research that will unfold in the building, and how it will shape the 21st century. Roll up your sleeves and step into the interactive Discovery Zone for hands-on demonstrations of scientific wonders.

The Quantum Revue featuring Jay Ingram and the Qubits

7 p.m. at the Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo

In a truly one-of-a-kind experience, Canadian science guru Jay Ingram and his rock band, The Qubits, team up with researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing for an interactive mash-up of music and science. The concert will feature classic rock songs with a quantum twist - and plenty of audience participation - in a fun and immersive evening for the whole family. 

Photo of the Jay Ingram Band

Tickets are now on sale (by phone or box office) and Online ($10)

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